Manny Acta is the "current" Nationals manager

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After several days of unchecked speculation, someone from the Nationals has finally said something about Manny Acta:

Rizzo spoke publicly about the reports for the first time before
Tuesday’s game with the Yankees, and while he offered nothing
resembling a definitive statement on Acta’s status, he said the front
office hasn’t discussed the issue with him.

“It’s certainly uncomfortable with the speculation,” Rizzo said.
“Names are being bandied about of replacements, and we haven’t even
discussed it with the current manager. He’s still our manager. We
support him. And all the reports that happened over the weekend, I
don’t know where those reports come from. And there’s not much to
comment on reports that there’s no basis to.”

Which is strange, because the current manager says that it was discussed
with the current manager: “I spoke to them the same day it came out.
It’s a rumor,” Acta said. One wonders why it took so long for Rizzo to
give Acta this vote of confidence.

Not that it’s really a vote of confidence. Indeed, perhaps the most
notable thing about all of this is that Rizzo calls Acta “the current
manager” in the first place. Strange choice of title for a guy you’re
supposedly not firing. Would you feel comfortable if your boss called
you the “current” accounts receivable clerk or the “current” assistant
to the comptroller? I sure wouldn’t.

Alex Dickerson to miss 2017 season after undergoing back surgery

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Padres’ outfielder Alex Dickerson won’t see PETCO Park anytime soon — at least, not as its starting left fielder. The 27-year-old was diagnosed with a bulging disc in his lower back prior to the start of the 2017 season, and hasn’t made any kind of substantial progress in the months since. According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, he suffered a setback in his recovery process last week and is set to undergo a season-ending discectomy next Wednesday.

Over 285 plate appearances, Dickerson batted .257/.333/.455 with 10 home runs and a .788 OPS for the Padres in 2016. He missed several days with a right hip contusion last July, but hasn’t experienced any substantial health problems since undergoing surgery in 2014 to repair a torn ligament in his left ankle.

The expected recovery period for lower back surgery is 3-4 months, according to Lin, which puts Dickerson’s estimated return just a few days before the end of the regular season. The Padres aren’t scraping the bottom of the NL West, but their 29-44 record doesn’t bode well for a postseason run this year. Assuming Dickerson rehabs his back in a timely manner, he should be in fine form to enter the competition for left field next spring.

Video: Hanley Ramirez’s No. 250 career home run barely left the field

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Hanley Ramirez played a pivotal role during the Red Sox’ 9-4 win over the Angels on Friday night, crushing a two-run homer off of Alex Meyer to bring the Sox up to a four-run lead in the fourth inning.

Well, crushed might be the wrong word. The ball cleared the right field fence with a mere 350 feet, landing just beyond Pesky’s Pole to bring Ramirez’s career home run total to an even 250.

According to the ESPN Home Run Tracker, Ramirez’s milestone blast wasn’t the shortest home run of the year — not by a long shot. That distinction currently belongs to Rays’ outfielder Corey Dickerson, who skimmed the left field fence at Rogers Centre with a 326-foot homer back in April.